Every Dollar Counts: How to Evaluate a Nonprofit

The 10 questions you should ask before making a donation this year.

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Donating to charity is an act of faith in the possibility of a better world — that’s why every dollar counts. And with the holiday giving season here, you may be receiving more requests from nonprofits and starting to think about the causes you want to support. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the U.S. is home to more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations. With so many to choose from, how do you decide which ones to support?

Whether you’re researching organizations or already have some in mind, here are 10 key questions to ask when evaluating a nonprofit.

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Gillian Howell
Head of Client Advisory Solutions, Foundation Source

Gillian Howell is the head of client advisory solutions for Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of management solutions for private foundations. With more than 30 years of experience, she leads teams of philanthropic advisory specialists to help individual, family and corporate foundations achieve their charitable objectives. Prior to Foundation Source, at Bank of America Gillian collaborated with high-net-worth donors, private foundations, donor-advised funds and nonprofits on strategic planning, donor development and next-generation engagement, as well as philanthropic investments and risk management.